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Julia Waghorn

About Julia Waghorn

At 6 years old Julia won a school prize and asked for a recipe book and by 10 years old she wanted to be a cook; so Julia’s interest in food goes back a very long way. In a time when British food had an appalling reputation, cooking for a living was only done by people who couldn’t do anything else, Julia went to catering college to study hotel management but as soon as she could, she got back into the kitchen.

Julia went to Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland for a holiday job and stayed 9 years working in various hotels, enjoying the great outdoors and cooking with the superb fresh produce available.

She went on to spent some time in London where she owned a Deli and wholesale organic bakery. The business evolved into function catering and working as a private chef including 2 years cooking for a vegan. Julia has always been interested in accommodating special diets in a way that allows everyone at the table to eat the same food.

Julia then came to Devon in 2002 to run a B&B but got found out and ended up doing cooking for various enterprises and events and joined the team at Yeotown in 2010.

She now lives on the coast at Lee with her husband Peter and lunatic Jack Russell, Millie, and apart from the inevitable cooking her interests are gardening, reading, upholstery and putting her crumbling Georgian house back together.


Tumeric Gold Smoothie

Autumn is here and as the seasons change, so do our recipes! Using fresh organic apples from our orchard, zesty orange and spices such as cloves and turmeric this smoothie will certainly add a warming and energizing kick to get you through the cooler autumnal mornings.      


Simple, Spiced Up Mexican Bowl

Julia’s guides you through a delicious spicy Mexican bowl with a perfect balance of gentle spices and cool flavours. Ingredients: Serves:4 Baby spinach leaves 2 x Red pepper, roughly chopped 2 x Red onions, 1 finely chopped 1 roughly chopped 2 x Fresh corn cut into 1cm thick pieces 1 x Tin organic kidney beans […]


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Bold Rosemary Fish Skewers

Using a twig of rosemary as a skewer, this is a seafood recipe bursting with flavour! We came across a similar version while visiting Bali and fell so in love we asked Julia to create a Yeotown version of her own. Adding a little spice and ginger and free of any butter, sweeteners and not so healthy […]


Super Spinach Salad Recipe

Julia takes the simple baby spinach leaf and works her usual wonders, with crispy onions, sprouted seeds and apple this salad is a crunchy, healthy culinary masterpiece! Ingredients: Baby Spinach Leaves 1 x tbsp Olive Oil 2 x Red Onions, roughly chopped 2 x Apples, cored and sliced Juice of one Lemon 2 x tbsp […]

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Cataplana

Cataplana is the name of the copper oyster shell pan traditionally used to cook Portuguese seafood dishes, but the pan is by no means essential!  You can make your Cataplana in a wok or Le Crueset-style dish, just be sure it has a tight fitting lid to allow the contents to steam inside. This is […]


Shepherd’s Pie

Yeotown’s vegetarian version of the classic Shepherd’s Pie is a real winter warmer, perfect when you’re after something hearty and comforting. This nutritious version will fill you up but won’t weigh you down like traditional Shepherd’s Pie can. Ingredients: 120g Green Lentils 2 x Onions, roughly chopped 3 x Celery Sticks, sliced 2 x Garlic Cloves, […]

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Laksa

Fresh & Fiesty Monkfish Laksa

The fabulous balance of fresh Thai flavours is what makes this Laksa such a firm favourite at Yeotown. Julia talks us through this monkfish version but also gives variations if you want to keep it strictly vegetarian too. Serves: 4 Ingredients: For the Curry Paste: 1 x Lemongrass stick 1 x Onion, roughly chopped 4 […]


Easy Peasy Muesli Cookies

Get the kids involved or just enjoy making these simple crumbly cookies yourself. Not too sweet and full of fruity, coconutty goodness these are a perfect not so naughty treat when you fancy something with your cuppa! (or, even better, pair this with our deliciously warming hot chocolate!) Makes: 16 Takes: 10 minutes prep, 12 minutes […]

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Noodles

Butternut Squash 'Noodles' with Perfect Parsley Pesto

If you haven’t discovered the joys of spiralizing yet then prepare yourself for a culinary eye-opener. Spiralizers are relatively inexpensive gadgets which will revolutionise pasta night! Whether you are coeliac, gluten-intolerant, wheat-free or just good old fashioned health-conscious a spirilizer will allow you to replace grain-based pasta and noodles with fresh veggies. And it only […]